A rare coin board established a new price record during an eBay auction that closed Sept. 20.
According to specialist and author David Lange, who has tracked the
coin collecting board market for years, the rare Earl & Koehler
brand coin board sold for $569, more than twice what a similar board
has sold for previously. Shipping and handling are an additional $5.95.
The piece was sold by South Park Coins of Forney, Texas. The buyer’s
name was not revealed.
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The board did not contain any coins.
According to Lange, “Collectors of vintage coin boards know all too
well that the E&K brand is the rarest among the seven publishers
of large coin boards during the years 1935 to 1948.”
Lange’s research suggests that only four titles were offered by this
Portland, Ore., company, and all were printed in 1939.
The board, which set a new record for any coin board sale, is Lange
Variety EK1cAb.1 as cataloged in the book Coin Collecting Boards of
the 1930s & 1940s (which Lange authored), and it is one of
just three confirmed to still exist.
The board grades Very Fine, Lange indicated, based on the photos
provided in the auction listing.
The previous record price for a vintage coin board was held by this
“I sold that example just a couple years ago for $230 in a private
sale, but I was neither the seller nor buyer in this latest
transaction,” Lange said.
The new record holder is in similar condition to the earlier piece,
yet with seven bidders participating it brought well over twice as
much the earlier transition, Lange noted.
Lange has a website dedicated to the niche topic.